These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Illinois For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Illinois for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Illinois? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Springfield, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Illinois suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Prairie State:

  1. Western Springs (Photos)
  2. Deerfield (Photos)
  3. Northbrook (Photos)
  4. Winnetka (Photos)
  5. Wilmette (Photos)
  6. Buffalo Grove (Photos)
  7. Hinsdale (Photos)
  8. Lake Forest (Photos)
  9. Winfield (Photos)
  10. Northfield (Photos)

Western Springs is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Illinois.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Illinois, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Illinois and the best places to raise a family in Illinois.

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How do you determine which suburb is the best in Illinois anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Illinois, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a “best city” and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Illinois, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Illinois across a number of criteria from one to 193, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Illinois”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Illinois

Read on to see why Western Springs is the ‘burb with the most, while Riverdale is probably not the best place to live in Illinois.

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1. Western Springs

Western Springs, Il

Population: 13,133
Median Income: $147,361
Median Home Price: $530,800
Western Springs is located 11 miles west of Chicago.

2. Deerfield

Deerfield, Il

Population: 18,686
Median Income: $143,729
Median Home Price: $508,800
Deerfield is located 24 miles north of Chicago.

3. Northbrook

Northbrook, Il

Population: 33,538
Median Income: $115,243
Median Home Price: $519,300
Northbrook is located 21 miles north of Chicago.

4. Winnetka

Winnetka, Il

Population: 12,437
Median Income: $207,857
Median Home Price: $989,600
Winnetka is located 18 miles north of Chicago.

5. Wilmette

Wilmette, Il

Population: 27,367
Median Income: $138,651
Median Home Price: $636,900
Wilmette is located 16 miles north of Chicago.

6. Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove, Il

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,554
Median Income: $101,376
Median Home Price: $299,600
Buffalo Grove is located 26 miles north of Chicago.

7. Hinsdale

Hinsdale, Il

Population: 17,438
Median Income: $173,558
Median Home Price: $859,400
Hinsdale is located 12 miles west of Chicago.

8. Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Il

Population: 18,881
Median Income: $162,117
Median Home Price: $831,800
Lake Forest is located 29 miles north of Chicago.

9. Winfield

Winfield, Il

Population: 9,543
Median Income: $96,849
Median Home Price: $292,700
Winfield is located 10 miles east of Aurora.

10. Northfield

Northfield, Il

Population: 5,374
Median Income: $125,636
Median Home Price: $597,900
Northfield is located 18 miles north of Chicago.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Illinois

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Riverdale
  2. Robbins
  3. Harvey

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Illinois

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Western Springs 1 13,133 $147,361 $530,800
Deerfield 2 18,686 $143,729 $508,800
Northbrook 3 33,538 $115,243 $519,300
Winnetka 4 12,437 $207,857 $989,600
Wilmette 5 27,367 $138,651 $636,900
Buffalo Grove 6 41,554 $101,376 $299,600
Hinsdale 7 17,438 $173,558 $859,400
Lake Forest 8 18,881 $162,117 $831,800
Winfield 9 9,543 $96,849 $292,700
Northfield 10 5,374 $125,636 $597,900
Clarendon Hills 11 8,641 $111,981 $485,900
Park Ridge 12 37,567 $92,474 $397,400
Elmhurst 13 45,742 $100,671 $381,500
Lincolnshire 14 7,291 $102,364 $476,600
Burr Ridge 15 10,736 $126,771 $645,400
Wheaton 16 53,568 $91,241 $342,000
Barrington 17 10,449 $119,688 $493,000
La Grange Park 18 13,596 $85,671 $321,200
Campton Hills 19 11,500 $119,044 $414,100
Glenview 20 46,559 $102,009 $478,400
La Grange 21 15,688 $105,417 $446,100
River Forest 22 11,217 $103,622 $574,600
Highland Park 23 29,780 $130,355 $534,500
Arlington Heights 24 75,721 $79,979 $322,400
Mokena 25 19,839 $98,662 $289,400
Glen Ellyn 26 27,894 $101,967 $410,800
Naperville 27 145,789 $110,676 $388,400
Plainfield 28 41,881 $116,896 $287,100
Homer Glen 29 24,385 $92,054 $298,100
Roselle 30 22,911 $79,040 $237,300
Geneva 31 21,732 $100,284 $305,000
Vernon Hills 32 25,910 $95,217 $323,400
Downers Grove 33 49,555 $85,171 $331,600
Darien 34 22,232 $82,255 $298,400
Glen Carbon 35 12,782 $81,658 $202,400
Oak Brook 36 7,988 $144,286 $825,400
Channahon 37 12,329 $89,957 $195,400
Frankfort 38 18,415 $113,250 $351,200
Itasca 39 8,502 $82,269 $282,300
Columbia 40 10,193 $73,442 $198,100
Elburn 41 5,594 $96,896 $241,800
Manhattan 42 7,405 $86,536 $212,100
Long Grove 43 8,065 $184,208 $652,100
Lisle 44 22,989 $79,819 $334,400
Oswego 45 33,245 $97,537 $225,100
Huntley 46 25,831 $76,998 $231,100
Mount Prospect 47 54,552 $69,517 $296,500
Lemont 48 16,587 $89,524 $342,500
Gilberts 49 7,479 $123,399 $255,100
Glencoe 50 8,870 $185,320 $891,300
Morton Grove 51 23,413 $75,797 $283,700
Waterloo 52 10,197 $70,534 $177,900
Bartlett 53 41,475 $100,458 $260,500
St. Charles 54 32,745 $89,971 $281,700
Algonquin 55 30,413 $100,027 $240,600
Troy 56 10,041 $72,054 $169,800
West Dundee 57 7,369 $80,087 $249,100
Willow Springs 58 5,677 $81,926 $347,400
Sugar Grove 59 9,288 $104,754 $268,200
New Lenox 60 25,347 $102,273 $273,800
Palos Heights 61 12,544 $80,077 $275,000
Riverside 62 8,779 $100,696 $387,100
Yorkville 63 18,436 $85,045 $233,100
Lincolnwood 64 12,637 $96,222 $379,500
Inverness 65 7,844 $172,949 $616,500
Orland Hills 66 7,241 $76,311 $221,600
Brookfield 67 18,966 $75,336 $227,400
Palatine 68 69,098 $75,066 $265,800
Maryville 69 7,837 $82,392 $191,400
Hoffman Estates 70 51,727 $88,733 $252,600
Willowbrook 71 8,603 $67,047 $215,300
Highwood 72 5,377 $54,189 $350,600
Pingree Grove 73 5,983 $76,780 $170,800
Batavia 74 26,413 $89,932 $278,600
Lombard 75 44,025 $73,201 $240,600
North Aurora 76 17,612 $81,826 $229,300
Lockport 77 25,096 $79,148 $212,400
Schaumburg 78 74,366 $75,658 $230,800
Woodridge 79 33,331 $76,858 $249,400
Lake In The Hills 80 28,908 $85,895 $204,000
Orland Park 81 58,612 $85,580 $273,100
Shiloh 82 13,050 $81,146 $214,500
Des Plaines 83 58,755 $64,582 $238,900
Flossmoor 84 9,215 $87,179 $223,500
Prospect Heights 85 16,331 $63,150 $265,100
Warrenville 86 13,415 $80,686 $194,300
Carol Stream 87 40,228 $73,104 $228,500
Oak Park 88 51,989 $82,826 $359,100
Monee 89 5,098 $69,381 $148,100
Sycamore 90 17,611 $67,132 $173,900
Westchester 91 16,719 $72,470 $217,100
South Elgin 92 22,274 $87,738 $200,100
Tinley Park 93 57,125 $76,022 $220,400
Edwardsville 94 25,044 $68,454 $194,300
Evanston 95 75,472 $71,317 $356,600
Bloomingdale 96 22,221 $76,757 $281,000
Villa Park 97 21,977 $71,724 $229,400
Mascoutah 98 7,917 $70,957 $153,500
Westmont 99 25,149 $55,684 $287,500
Montgomery 100 19,055 $80,900 $192,600

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